King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is graceful, sweet and gentle and makes an excellent family pet. Some would say he's the perfect lap dog and many agree that he is wonderfully soothing for high stress people.
Being very much a "people" dog, affectionate and playful, he does like to have his family close by all the time.
This small spaniel is a fearless breed that has an inherited sporting ability, which tends to make him give chase if unsuspecting critters cross his path, so it's a good idea not to let him roam too freely.
They are also known for being friendly toward other dogs or other family pets.
Background of the Cavalier KC
The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, classified with the Toy Dog Breeds, is one of the most admired of all the spaniels.
Most notably, the former President and Mrs. Reagan owned one during the time they resided in the White House.
The Cavalier Spaniel is descended from the King Charles and other toy spaniels - most likely coming from China or Japan, that were prominent in the 11-18th centuries.
This breed became very popular with English royalty especially so during the reign of Charles II, who in fact, gave his name to them.
Their popularity also caused them to be frequently featured in paintings by famous artists such as this one painted by George Romney in 1782.
These sweet-faced dogs are intelligent and loyal and have at times resided with both royal families as well as other famous celebrities - among them Elizabeth Taylor and television interviewer Diane Sawyer.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is often confused with the King Charles Spaniel which is a separate breed and generally smaller than the Cav.
Appearance And Coat CareHeight: 12 to 13 inches
Weight: 12-18 pounds
Color variations: Black/tan, Red/white, Ruby and Tricolor.
The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel does shed.
Grooming needs include frequent brushing with special attention to the silky longer hair, which easily tangles.
A coat this spectacular deserves brushes used by show dog handlers such as this pin brush and this boar brush. Used in conjunction with a detangling spray brushing will be a more gentle experience for your dog. Yes, these high quality tools do cost more, but he's worth it don't you think?
Routine attention should be given to nails and especially to ears which, like most long-eared dogs, need to have regular cleaning.
The Cavalier Spaniel is by nature a clean dog so bathing is generally not needed more than every two months.
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel HealthAmong the health problems that may affect this breed, inherited heart conditions such as Mitral Valve disease is the most frequently reported.
Other health issues may include hip dysplasia, ear disorders and eye problems such as cataracts and multi-focal retinal dysplasia.
It is important when seeking a puppy to have the breeder provide the health testing that has been done on the sire and dam in regard to these diseases.
Activity LevelAlthough the Cavalier can be content with any level of exercise, it is recommended that at least one walk a day is given to maintain a healthy heart condition, as well as for the change of scenery and fresh air that every dog needs.
Space NeedsThe Cavalier Spaniel is very adaptable to most living arrangements and prefers to be inside with his family most of the time. They are not very active indoors, so a small outdoor area is welcome for a quick playtime outside.
If no yard is available, definitely a walk should be given. Milder climates suit
the breed best.
Does He Get Along With Children?The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is gentle and considered to be a good choice for families with children. However, because it is a delicate breed, it is not recommended for very young children who might accidentally hurt the dog.
As always, the caution remains that activities involving children of any age should always be monitored by an adult just to be on the safe side.
Is He A Good Choice For Seniors?Considering that exercise and grooming needs are not demanding, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is a good breed for the elderly or more sedentary family, with one condition. The Cav loves companionship so someone should be home most of the time, or put another way, don't leave him alone too long. Remember, small dogs can suffer from separation anxiety which often leads to undesirable behavior or depression.
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Note : Those considering the Cavalier KC may want to learn more about rescue here
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